Labor Day Road Trip Essentials

Planning a big getaway for the last long weekend of the summer? We've got you covered with our favorite travel gear!

olympus tg-310Don't miss a memory with the rugged and fun Olympus TG-310. This great digital camera is waterproof and drop-safe and offers all sorts of specialty settings ranging from Sketch Effect to Panorama.

Related: Our Favorite Sharp-Shooting Digital Cameras

What's a road trip without some great snacks for the car? Of the 19 varieties of low-fat potato chips in our tasting, our testers preferred Ruffles Light, hands down. Original Ruffles fans won't notice a difference in taste; our testers were impressed with its pleasantly "greasy" texture, prompting them to ask, "These are low-fat?"

Related: The Tastiest Health Potato Chips

sony mdr pq1If your family has different musical tastes, equip your passengers with a great new set of headphones, like the excellent over-ear Sony MDR-PQ1. These cushy 'phones broadcast clear tunes and adjust to fit any ears.

Related: Best Headphones

Even if you already have a car seat to keep your little one safe on the road, consider the inexpensive Cosco Scenera. This no-frills convertible model is lightweight and easy to maneuver, making it simple to tote around and install in your vehicle.

Related: Convertible Car Seats Tested

aluratek libre ebook reader proDon't weigh down your suitcase with a whole bunch of poolside reads. Instead pick up our the affordable Aluratek Libre eBook Reader PRO. This compact eReader can hold more than 1,000 books (of the greater than one million free titles you can download from sites like Google Books) and boasts two weeks worth of battery life.

Related: Top eReaders

For more great products, be sure to check out our Good Housekeeping Research Institute-tested product reviews.

Tell us: What are some of your road trip must-haves?


-By Nicole Price Fasig

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